Nacht vor Augen

Deutschland 2007/2008 Spielfilm

Summary

Night Before Eyes / A Hero′s Welcome

25-year-old German soldier David Kleinschmidt is warmly welcomed by his family and friends when he returns earlier than expected to his hometown in the Black Forest from a tour of duty in Afghanistan. His shy eight-year-old step-brother Benni is full of admiration for him. But David has changed. He is withdrawn, cold and no longer the person he was before serving in action. He is unexpectedly decorated by the Bundeswehr for an alleged act of heroism: he is supposed to have killed an attacking terrorist in selfdefence. This "heroic deed" torments David. In his nightmares he is haunted by a young Afghan boy. He closes himself off even more from the outside world. The only person David is concerned with is little Benni, who is teased by his schoolmates because he seems weak and poor at sports. So David trains him in hand-to-hand combat and football. Under the pretext of playfighting, he encourages the boy to use more and more violence, which threatens to escalate. In his despair, David sees the only solution in revealing the truth about his act of heroism. But now his life really begins to get out of control …

On her feature film about the consequences of war duty, first-time director Brigitte Bertele notes: "′Nacht vor Augen′ invites the spectator to look into the mirror and ask himself to what degree David′s potential for violence and destructiveness can be found in each and every one of us."

Source: 58. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Catalogue)

 

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Credits

All Credits

Assistant director

Screenplay

Director of photography

Lighting design

Costume design

Audio mixing

Casting

in co-production with

Producer (TV)

Associate producer

Unit production manager

Production coordinator

Original distributor

Subsequent distributor

Shoot

    • August 2007 - 21.09.2007: Bad Liebenzell und Umgebung
Duration:
91 min
Format:
Super16mm - Blow-Up 35mm, 1:1,85
Video/Audio:
Farbe, Dolby DTS
Censorship/Age rating:

FSK-Prüfung (DE): 26.08.2008, 115076, ab 12 Jahre / feiertagsfrei

Screening:

Uraufführung (DE): 09.02.2008, Berlin, IFF - Internationales Forum des Jungen Films;
Kinostart (DE): 09.10.2008;
TV-Erstsendung (DE): 19.10.2009, Südwest 3

Titles

  • Originaltitel (DE) Nacht vor Augen

Versions

Original

Duration:
91 min
Format:
Super16mm - Blow-Up 35mm, 1:1,85
Video/Audio:
Farbe, Dolby DTS
Censorship/Age rating:

FSK-Prüfung (DE): 26.08.2008, 115076, ab 12 Jahre / feiertagsfrei

Screening:

Uraufführung (DE): 09.02.2008, Berlin, IFF - Internationales Forum des Jungen Films;
Kinostart (DE): 09.10.2008;
TV-Erstsendung (DE): 19.10.2009, Südwest 3

Awards

Studio Hamburg Nachwuchspreis 2009
  • Bestes Drehbuch
FIRST STEPS Award 2008
  • First Step Award, Abendfüllender Spielfilm